Dear friends, I apologize for the “inactivity” of twelve days from 05 – 16 September 2009.  I was unable to inform you that I would be away on a jaunt through Negros island [ Occidental and Oriental ] in the Visayas on the invitation of a dear friend, Maria Teresa “Tess” Zamora Lopez.  The Internet was not always available;  and there is something about wordpress.com [ “cookies” perhaps? ] that does not allow me to access this blog from anywhere else but at home.

It was a very interesting trip, quite an eye-opener even for someone jaded like me.  So I have several things to share with you, dear friends, in the next few days…   🙂   🙂   🙂


  1. Dr Jocelyn Cabreza-Barcelona said,

    September 24, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Hi! I noticed that you mentioned that you are related to Dr Erlinda Sazon-Badenhop. I was her classmate in college. I would like to get in touch with her. Can you please let her know I am looking for her. Here is my landline in the Philippines – 02 8011051 or just email my daughter – joannepicardal@yahoo.com. It would really mean so much to talk to her. Thanks!

    Dr Jocelyn Cabreza-Barcelona

  2. September 22, 2009 at 12:30 pm


    That’s all reserved for the next out-of-town trip. Negros Occidental — Bacolod, Talisay, Silay, Manapla, Pulupandan, Pontevedra, etc. — merits a trip all its own!!!


    Toto Gonzalez

  3. dalokkanon said,

    September 22, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Hey, Toto. I hope you got to enjoy my beautiful hometown, Silay and its famous delicacies. And that you got a chance to eat at Jomi’s new resto Trattoria Uma. Lola Manggoy’s and Tita Mila’s fine cooking left indelible marks on the boys, Jomi and Anton inspiring them to be wonderful chefs.

  4. John-D Borra said,

    September 21, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Hi! Long time reader here. I’m glad that you’re okay. Your insights into Philippine culture and history are always welcome. Looking forward to your next post!

  5. Paz Atienza said,

    September 21, 2009 at 5:38 am

    We’re all missing you na…

  6. larry leviste said,

    September 21, 2009 at 1:29 am





  7. tibo said,

    September 20, 2009 at 8:20 am

    too quiet in the barrios Toto. You’re dearly missed.

  8. Sheryl Manago said,

    September 18, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    I can’t wait to read your new post.

  9. Toffee Tionko said,

    September 18, 2009 at 2:49 am

    Welcome back. You must have enjoyed the yummy food of BCD.


  10. Jules said,

    September 18, 2009 at 2:45 am

    Hey T.González:

    It’s nice to hear that you are back…
    kept on checking out the latest in here,
    at any rate,
    share your experiences.



  11. Rain Mojica Y Tabora said,

    September 18, 2009 at 12:13 am

    I know. I’ve been checking your blog recently looking for details on the recently held party at the CCP to honor infamous lady. But alas,no Toto insider tidbits. I’ve also been looking for any history and I mean history as you tell it about the Hacienda Luisita before it was bought by the Cojuangcos,Anyway glad your back we are all eager to read.

  12. Presy Guevara said,

    September 17, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    It’s quite a relief to hear you are well, happy and back. Now you know how we truly value your blog. Here’s to you. CHEERS!

  13. Anton Sy said,

    September 17, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    dugay na ko di napa-oli sang Bacolod. ….sige lang…mag istoryahan ka sa amon sang ginlakaw mo

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